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Burr McIntosh

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Burr McIntosh
Burr McIntosh, c. 1918.jpg
Burr McIntosh, 1918
Born(1862-08-21)August 21, 1862
DiedApril 28, 1942(1942-04-28) (aged 79)
Years active1880s–1934

William Burr McIntosh (August 21, 1862 – April 28, 1942) was an American lecturer, photographer, film studio owner, silent film actor, author, publisher of The Burr McIntosh Monthly,[1] reporter and a pioneer in the early film and radio business.

Life and career

He was born in Wellsville, Ohio, the son of William A. McIntosh (died 1921) and his wife Minerva née Bottenberg (died 1883).[2] His father was the president of a public company, New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company, and a member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.[3] The club's activities were blamed (but the members were not held legally responsible) for the failure of the South Fork Dam, which caused the Johnstown Flood in 1889 that resulted in the loss of over 2,200 lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His sister Nancy McIntosh, an operatic soprano, was the protege, adopted daughter and heiress to the estate of W. S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan.[4]

McIntosh graduated from Lafayette College in 1884, where he was an athlete[5] and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

He began as a stage actor and then moved into silent films. His most enduring role was Squire Bartlett, who banished the character played by Lillian Gish from his home and into the cold Maine winter in D.W. Griffith's classic film, Way Down East (1920). Miss Gish described McIntosh as a gentle giant, "always apologizing for having to treat me so cruelly". He appeared in 53 films between 1914 and 1934.[1]

He died in Hollywood from a heart attack.

The Burr McIntosh Monthly

Cover of Burr McIntosh Monthly vol. 6, no. 22 (January 1905)
Cover of Burr McIntosh Monthly vol. 6, no. 22 (January 1905)

The Burr McIntosh Monthly was a monthly magazine started by Burr McIntosh which lasted from 1903–1910.[6] It consisted mainly of photographs of famous people and landscapes, and was bound by string so as to encourage framing of the photographs.[7] It was published and edited by Burr McIntosh, with Clark Hobart as art director.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Burr McIntosh A Timeline of His Life and Review of the Burr McIntosh Monthly.
  2. ^ "Death of Mrs. W. A. McIntosh", Pittsburgh Daily Post, January 10, 1883, p. 4
  3. ^ "Johnstown Flood – People"., accessed April 17, 2010
  4. ^ Stone, David. Nancy McIntosh at Who Was Who in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, August 17, 2005, accessed April 17, 2010
  5. ^ Smith, J. Donald. "Who Was Nancy McIntosh?", Sir Arthur Sullivan Society Magazine, No. 104, Winter 2020/21, pp. 8–35
  6. ^ Guide to the Burr McIntosh Photograph Collection, [1900]-1910.
  7. ^ Burr McIntosh -- A Timeline of His Life and Review of the Burr McIntosh Monthly.
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